Once again I had the fortune of staying at the Riu Palace Punta Cana as an award trip.
We had just returned 12 days earlier from a week at the Riu Palace Costa Rica, so comparisons are easy, and this knowledge helps to put the Riu Palace Punta Cana in perspective.
Here's why we like this property:
- It's comfortable - it just feels and fits right.
- The white powder beach! OMG - perfect weather - just enough sun burn. Plenty of beach palms to provide shade.
- The staff - we always returned to a well-kept room. Always available food servers to attend.
- I appreciate the plaza courtyard for after dinner lounging and conversation; LUIS takes good care of the beverage needs after dinner.
- Given this is not the newest property - I must acknowledge that the facility was very well maintained.
Improvements I must mention:
Previous reviews mentioned a musty smell in the rooms. I (gladly) must say, this feature was gone in this, our return visit.
They must have changed spa management companies, as the massage staff was very professional.
Independent Casino at the nearby Riu Palace Macao certainly has the odds in their favor at black-jack. Enjoy a visit as entertainment - not as a sport. (stays on soft 17, won't disclose A-10 or 10-A until everyone has played)
Improvements? I would like property-wide access to wifi, like at RIU CR.
Conclusion - if I had my choice for a return trip in a couple years - I would again first consider Riu Palace Punta Cana. It just feels right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Macao, Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * 4-story building * Surrounded by 63,000 m2 / 75,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Hig??Ey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int???L. Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Riu Palace
- Riu Palace Hotel Punta Cana